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The Bible of Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy

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The ancient art of illuminating manuscripts is currently attracting many new enthusiasts among artists, art students, and lovers of calligraphy. The Bible of Illuminated Letters is a volume they'll all want to add to their collections. It presents step-by-step instructions for recreating twelve illuminated alphabets. Among them are Celtic, Saxon, Gothic, Romanesque, Modern ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Barron's Educational Series (first published January 27th 2006)
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Joyce
Jul 19, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it
Bought this at used book store sale--great eye candy, and it does inspire me to do some painting! also after reading descriptions of the various styles, I was chuffed to find I could correctly identify what is what. well, i could for at least a while.
The part about how to do all the gilding and painting though is a bit different than what Debbie Thompson Wilson taught us in the class--maybe this is more advanced. Anyway, it's a keeper, this book--looks like it will serve well as a technique manu
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Jekloneo
Dec 15, 2009 Jekloneo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-related
I've only browsed through the book, but from what I've seen it's a very comprehensive book, providing information on 6 calligraphy alphabets, namely Celtic, Ottonian, Romansque, Gothic, Renaissance: White Vine and Renaissance: Neo-Classical.

A major plus: Provides alterations/different ways you can write the alphabet.
♥Xeni♥
Aug 22, 2014 ♥Xeni♥ rated it it was amazing
This is probably THE cornerstone work for illumination and calligraphy. Not only are step-by-step processes outlined, but there are also amazing historical examples to work from. This is the book to get if you are interested in learning illumination.
Kate
Dec 31, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing
Another useful reference for beginning and other levels of calligraphers. It's also gorgeous for getting inspired to create something unique as a gift.
Emy
Oct 02, 2008 Emy rated it it was amazing
If you're looking to get into illumination or gilding (or even calligraphy!), this is the book to read. EXCELLENT technique explanations.
Beth
Dec 31, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it
Fabulous Reference material, details on recreating illuminated manuscript, and historical referencs
Gretchen Richards
Oct 25, 2013 Gretchen Richards rated it it was amazing
A must have for anyone looking to study illumination!
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